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Event Designers: See Lighting Plots For Beyoncé Formation World Tour

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The Formation World Tour was the seventh concert tour by American singer Beyoncé in support of her sixth studio album, Lemonade. The all-stadium tour was announced following her guest appearance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The tour started on April 27, 2016, in Miami, Florida and concluded on October 7, 2016, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The tour’s title is in reference to Beyoncé’s 2016 song “Formation”.

The tour’s production and staging consisted of a 60 foot tall rotating LED cuboid referred to as the ‘Monolith’, a treadmill runway and a secondary stage that stores and produces 2,000 gallons of water. The theme of the tour was described as following the same linear chapters to that of the tour’s supporting album Lemonade, with each rotation of the aforementioned ‘Monolith’ representing a new chapter of the show. Several music critics gave the show positive reviews, with a variety of publications praising both the tour’s production and Beyoncé’s performance and vocal abilities. The tour had a variety of notable opening acts, including a number of special guests joining prominent opener DJ Khaled on stage. Supporting acts also included artists signed to Beyoncé’s own management company, Parkwood Entertainment, who were relatively unknown at the time.

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The Formation World Tour ranked at #1 and #2 on Pollstar’s 2016 mid-year Top 100 Tours chart both in North America and worldwide respectively, with a total mid-year worldwide gross of $137.3 million from the first 25 shows (including $126.3 million from the first North American leg of the tour). In total, the tour grossed $256 million from 49 sold out shows according to Billboard Boxscore and ranked at #2 on Pollstar’s 2016 Year End Tours chart.

 

Check out the lighting plots from lighting designer Tim Routledge for Beyoncé’s The Formation World Tour, in support of her 2016 visual film/album, Lemonade. Routledge worked alongside production designer Es Devlin, to light the set and stage that was engineered and built by StageCo and Tait Towers. Lighting was supplied by Neg Earth.

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